"Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the role of the dispossessed in the making of the modern world."--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-411) and index
Introduction -- Wreck of the Sea-venture -- Hewers of wood and drawers of water -- Blackymore maide named Francis -- Divarication of the Putney debates -- Hydrarchy : sailors, pirates, and the maritime state -- Outcasts of the nations of the earth -- Motley crew in the American Revolution -- Conspiracy of Edward and Catherine Despard -- Robert Wedderburn and Atlantic Jubilee -- Conclusion : Tyger! Tyger!